However, ahead of Sunrisers Hyderabad’s clash against Rajasthan Royals, much of the chatter revolved around the future of Australian dashing opener David Warner in the SRH set-up, given his paltry returns this season. IPL 2021 has been David Warner’s worst season ever with just 195 runs in 8 games, with two fifties, averaging 24.38 and striking at 107.73.
David Warner Was Not Even In The Ground For SRH Management’s Decision To Get Youngsters Playing: Trevor Bayliss
David Warner, who was axed from captaincy duties earlier in the Indian leg of the season and was dropped in the last match in India but was given another go when the tournament moved to the UAE.
However, with scores of 0 and 2, it was an expected move for David Warner to be replaced at the top in favour of Jason Roy, who was waiting for his opportunity on the sidelines. However, on Monday (September 27), David Warner was not even at the ground with the squad.
“We can’t make the finals, so we made a decision to get the youngsters to experience not just the matches, but time around the ground and around the set-up. And for this match we made a decision…he wasn’t the only experienced player that we’d left back at the hotel,” said Trevor Bayliss of Warner’s absence after the game.
“We’ve had a number of young players who haven’t even been to the ground, even our reserves, we wanted to give them the opportunity to come along and experience a game. That might continue for a few more games. We don’t know… we’ve got to sit down in a day or two and pick a team and pick a squad of 18. That’s just the way it is. Dave’s obviously watching the game at the hotel and giving his support to the boys. Just like everyone else. We’re all in this together.”
Trevor Bayliss Said SRH Yet To Decide David Warner’s Place In The Franchise
David Warner has been SRH’s star opener for a number of years, having carried the weight of a fragile middle order single-handedly. He was the Orange Cap winner in 2015, 2017 and 2019, having amassed 4014 runs in 95 games for the franchise at a whopping average of 49.56 and striking at 142.59.
When asked whether this was the beginning of the end for Warner at SRH, Bayliss said: “Look, that certainly hasn’t been discussed. This is the last year before the mega auction, those decisions will be made further down the line. He’s been a great contributor to Hyderabad for a number of years now and he’s very well-respected. And with the number of runs he’s scored, I’m sure he’s got a lot more runs in him in the IPL.”
SRH beat RR by seven wickets, riding on half-centuries from opener Jason Roy and skipper Kane Williamson on Monday night after the team management decided to leave out star Australian Warner who has been struggling for form. RR made three changes to their team as Jaydev Unadkat, Evin Lewis and Chris Morris replaced injured Kartik Tyagi, David Miller and Tabraiz Shamsi.
SRH, on the other hand, made four changes as Jason Roy made his SRH debut, while Priyam Garg, Abhishek Sharma and Siddarth Kaul came into the team in place of David Warner, Manish Pandey, Kedar Jadhav and an injured Khaleel Ahmed.